Architecture (Disambiguation): Mapping a Resource-Based Design Process System Conference Paper uri icon


  • The process of designing and developing a building from conception to realization is indeed a sequence of creative and rigorous activities that combine the art of architecture with its scientific, engineering and financial aspects. Like other creative activities, the design process charts a path that is not always straightforward and, in fact, is likely to include multiple investigative sub-design procedures. Previous attempts to define the architectural design process have been vague and confusing to those in other disciplines. In this paper, we introduce a novel method of integrating system thinking into architectural design by mapping its processes in a standard modeling language. We present a decision-support framework using process mapping in order to incorporate sustainable building materials and resource reuse decisions into architectural design practice. We turned to other disciplines knowledge bases, such as Business Information Technology (BIT), to develop a workflow system for the Design-Bid-Build (DBB) process. Mapping both current and the proposed design processes, including their activities, workflow, processes and decision nodes, was critical in defining roles, processes, and subsequent decisions. A literature review suggests that there are five types of design processes, which are somehow defined as linear, divisional, centralized, cyclical and investigative. However, no attempts have been made to map their processes using a systematic methodology. In this study, we utilized a qualitative methodology to capture the required knowledge from industry experts in resource-based design and then integrated our findings into a set of process maps to support the materials decisions of the architectural design team.

name of conference

  • ARCC 2017 Conference: Architecture of Complexity: design, systems, society and environment

published proceedings

  • Architecture of Complexity: design, systems, society and environment

author list (cited authors)

  • Ali, A. K.

editor list (cited editors)

  • Smith, R. E., Moore, K. D., & Zhao, W.

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM